Australian model, socialite and television personality Lara Bingle has arrived in New Zealand.
Here to film scenes for her new reality show, Bingle shared some revealing details about her past in an appearance on TV ONE's Breakfast this morning.
The model is best known in New Zealand for her role in Tourism Australia's "where the bloody hell are ya?" campaign but over the ditch she has made headlines with a nude photo scandal and a very public break up with Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke.
However, the model says that her own reality series, Being Lara Bingle, shows audiences who the 'real' Lara is.
"It's weird and surreal for me, to understand that I'm filming my own show, but at the same time I thought, you know what there are two sides to every story and that was the biggest incentive to doing the show," Bingle says of the show which premiered on Australian television in June.
"I think you only saw one side of me through interviews, and you don't get to see the true person.
"I could never change that, everyone had that massive polarising opinion on me. I wasn't getting work because of what people were saying. Doing the show was a massive risk, but it has been worth it so far," she said.
Bingle did not hold back when talking about the photo distribution scandal which rocked her private life, revealing that she saw the publication of a nude photograph of herself without her permission as "an invasion of privacy."
"It's not the nicest thing to go through, especially at the time. I've definitely learnt from my mistakes, it's an unfortunate situation. It's not something I put out there myself.
"But I do take responsibility, but it was an invasion of my privacy completely," Bingle told Breakfast.
She says she saw the distribution of her image as a form of bullying, and gave a proportion of the money she made from magazine interviews on the subject to an anti-bullying charity.
"It's happening more and more. To support women is a massive thing for me. Women need to stick up for women. There is a lot of tall poppy syndrome in Australia, and it's what I go through constantly, so it was important for me to give back."
Bingle says that her ex-fiance, Michael Clarke, remains an important part of her life.
"We were together for almost five and half years, and we went through a lot.
"His dad had cancer. My dad had passed away of cancer...we are friends to this day."
Bingle says her current boyfriend, Sydney fashion designer Gareth Moody, is "not a part of the show."